Six years ago, Philip Seymour Hoffman was nominated for a supporting actor Academy Award for "Charlie Wilson's War." He attended the nominees luncheon, a swank gathering at the Beverly Hilton, whose dress code is just one notch below that of the attire seen on the red carpet for the actual Oscars.
But Hoffman, a consummate actor known for an unkempt look off-screen, wore a suit so rumpled it looked like he had slept in it. And smack in the middle of his dress shirt was a giant stain — and that was before he took a bite to eat.
Fast-forward to last month's Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where Hoffman was promoting two of his new films, "A Most Wanted Man" and "God's Pocket." Since news of Hoffman's shocking death broke Sunday, a number of those who attended the festival commented on how disheveled the actor had looked at Sundance.
Given that the 46-year-old Hoffman died Sunday of an apparent heroin overdose, it's not surprising that people were trying to discern from his outward physical look what might have been happening in his private life. But that kind of morbid tea-leaf reading fails to recognize that the veteran actor was always much more interested in his craft than his appearance.